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8 May, 2021

Gilgandra Show back in 2021

After a long year with no agricultural shows, the Gilgandra Show Society and major sponsor Ahrens, were thrilled to be having the show held once again in 2021.

By Emily Middleton

The excitement could be felt throughout the entire community, and the numbers were there to prove it, with a roughly 25-50 percent increase of patrons from 2019.

A huge crowd formed to watch the Outback Thunda Monster Truck display and the following fireworks.

Overall, the number of entrants were up, and the level of craftmanship and attention to detail put into each and every piece of work entered, blew out-of-towners away. Clearly, everybody had been keeping busy perfecting their skills during lockdown last year.

Gilgandra multi-award-winning photographer, Emma Thomas.

All the usual displays and animals packed the pavilions, while a walk around the showground offered showgoers a number of market stalls, food and entertainment. New buildings such as the luncheon pavilion were also in use for the first time at the show, since being constructed during the past year.

Winner of the short horn female cattle judging.

Kate Banks was named Gilgandra’s 2021 Showgirl, with entrant Montanna McGrath runner-up. Miss Banks, a local fashion designer, blew judges away with her passion for supporting local, and keeping things home grown.

“I spoke a lot about the importance of bringing independence and self-sufficiency back to Australia - like readily available Australian made work wear that is reasonably priced and built to last.

“As well, ­­­­­­I spoke about the role local shows play in the community, such as improving knowledge of local farming industries and giving the town a great chance to come together and showcase everything that’s good about the Gilgandra region. It’s not every day you’re given the opportunity to be an ambassador for such a great show, with so many people and businesses who work so hard behind the scenes to put on such a great event every year. It’s an honour,” said Miss Banks.

2021 Gilgandra Showgirl Kate Banks was awarded at the return of the Gilgandra Show, held on Friday and Saturday, April 23-24.

The show’s finale entertainment, the Outback Thunda Monster Truck, came all the way from Queensland, clocking in at over 15,000 horsepower.

The children gave the Thunda Monster Truck a run for its money in the tug-a-war.

However, Gilgandra’s very own lawn mower champion sure did give the truck a run for its money. Outback Thunda truck and the comedy car, Tipsy, was a crowd favourite, along side KC’s firework displays to compliment the vehicles daredevil acts. In yet another first for the show, the firework display was brought to the show by Ryan Mason fireworks, locals from Warren, with wife Emma originally a Gilgandra girl.

The winner of the lawn mower races went up against the 15,000 horse power vehicle.

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